Benefits of drinking water

60% of your body is made up of water.  Your brain is 80% water.  If you don’t drink you can’t think! (I just made that up.)

Here are some of the benefits of drinking water:

  • Flushing out unwanted toxins and impurities.
  • Helps maintain balance of fluids.
  • Supports kidney function. (Did you know that the kidneys receive and filter our entire blood supply 15 times per hour!!!)
  • Helps ward off hunger.
  • Helps maintain softer, smoother skin.
  • Wards off headaches and muscle fatigue.
  • Helps you poop (yup that’s right I said poop).
  • Water helps the body transport nutrients and oxygen into cells.
  • Keeps your equilibrium and helps with pH balance.
  • It regulates body temperature.
  • Protects and moisturizes our lungs, vital organs, and joints.

One of the best benefits of drinking water is warding off dehydration.  That was silly and obvious but when you look at the side effects of dehydration, you would think that people would be more aware of how important drinking water is and what we could avoid if we would just drink water:  burning and irritating urination (or peeing as I would usually say), afternoon extreme fatigue, varicose veins, kidney stones, hemorrhoids, and headaches.   WOW!

Benefits of drinking waterThe benefits of drinking water diminish if you are not drinking good water.  You have to be careful about where your water comes from.  Unfortunately, our public water has many, many impurities including fluoride and pharmaceuticals.  If you have no choice and have to drink public water, filters take some impurities out and it’s better than drinking straight tap water.  If you do not want to consume chlorine, leave your water on the counter for a few hours and it evaporates out or you can boil it first and then put it in the fridge.  And if you live in a fluoridated community, Berkey Filters are known to take out fluoride.

There are lots of different kinds of water available.  There is bottled water although in plastic, alkaline water, soft water, hard water, mineral water, distilled water, reverse osmosis, spring water, filtered water, purified, de-ionized water, and probably quite a few I missed.  Please do your research on all of these.  Believe it or not there are pros and cons to all of them. Steamed distilled water has the nickname of high energy water, so make sure you check that one out as well.   water pollutant pic

How much water should you drink?  Your body NEEDS 72 ounces a day just to function. So, I tell my clients to drink half their body weight in ounces in water in every day, and never less than 90 ounces.  Think about that, if you weigh 250 pounds you would have to drink 125 ounces of water.  If you are 150 pounds, you should drink not 75 ounces but 90.  Remember, your body needs 72 ounces just to function.  Please keep in mind, it does not count other liquids, so if you are a coffee drinker, you should add a few cups of water to offset the fact that coffee is a diuretic; you know you pee twice as much as you drink.  If you exercise for one hour, you could easily sweat out a quart of water, so add extra water when you exercise.  Also, there is such thing as drinking too much water.  Do not let water drinking be an obstacle to good health.  Please do not feel that you can’t drink that much or you will float away.  Drink 1-2 glasses as soon as you get up.  Then set your phone and every hour it goes off, drink a glass.  You’ll be done in 10 hours.

There is such a thing as drinking too much.  You don’t want your pee clear.  That means the kidneys are working too hard and you could also be flushing out minerals as well.  Your pee should pale straw yellow.

The benefits of drinking water are many.  And if you want optimum health, you need to drink the optimum amount of water every day.